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1.0 out of 5 stars Not encyclopedic, missing entire art movements, unimaginative coverage of only mainstream artists, oversimplification errors, November 13, 2013
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This review is from: Encyclopedia of Artists: 6-volume set (Hardcover)
Far too basic and introductory to qualify as any kind of "encyclopedia", and riddled with errors. Covers only about 200 popular artists, in very little depth. The volume on art movements/schools is farcically inadequate. For example, it includes neither the Arts & Crafts movement nor Art Deco, and devotes only a single page to Art Nouveau. Some of the "information" it contains is simply wrong. E.g., on the Art Nouveau page is states that "Glasgow style" was simply the Scottish name for Art Nouveau, which is so absurd an assertion it's downright stupid. The entire thing reads rather like a sophomore's attempt to summarize a bunch of badly-researched Wikipedia articles and dumb them down (further) for an audience of perhaps middle-school-aged students at best. Most of the errors are of that sort - oversimplified assertions based on a misunderstanding of the underlying facts, a pattern that suggests this work was mostly cobbled together by low-paid researchers harvesting material from other, better books, and then compressing it down into what they thought were acceptable summaries, and was not written by anyone with a notable career as an arts academic. I can hardly believe Oxford University Press allowed their name to be used on this (notably they only did so for the US edition; the British copies are put out by Andromeda).

In a bookstore, one would probably immediately recognize that this set of very slim volumes could not possibly be encyclopedic, but this is not evident to online shoppers.
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Encyclopedia of Artists: 6-volume set
Encyclopedia of Artists: 6-volume set by Andrea Cimabue (Hardcover - January 4, 2001)
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